Big John B powered past two rivals in the stretch to win the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) by a widening 1 1/2 lengths, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and older a second straight year Saturday, Aug. 22.
Delightful Joy brought smiles to the faces of her connections in her stakes debut on Saturday, Aug. 22, using a powerful stretch run to score a clear victory in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.
On a day his now Racing Hall of Fame owner-breeder-trainer was honored, Ben's Cat won the $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes for a sixth straight year Saturday while nailing down the 30th victory overall in his amazing career.
With a four-wide move off the turn, John Velazquez rallied Run a Dubb Dubb to win the opening race Saturday, Aug. 22 at Saratoga Race Course, earning the Racing Hall of Fame rider his 800th win at the storied track.
With 3 Breeders' Cup Challenge races this weekend, Del Mar will be in the spotlight. Two of those three races will be on the main track, which for the first time since 2006 offers a dirt surface. read blog
Acapulco didn't win against older horses in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) Aug. 21 at York, but the 2-year-old filly most assuredly delivered a memorable performance in finishing second to Mecca's Angel.
The committee narrowed down three finalists, and ultimately selected St. Borealis as the inaugural Claiming Crown Horse of the Year.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) winner Bobby's Kitten is expected to make his first start of the season Aug. 23 in the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
One final effort by Pleascach in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) Aug. 20 at York proved fruitful, as the Irish classic winner surged to the lead inside the final furlong to claim her second group I win of the season.
Alywow Stakes winner Mississippi Delta will try to continue her winning ways at Woodbine when she returns to the Rexdale, Ontario track on Saturday, Aug. 22 for the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-III).
Entries are being accepted for the Virginia Downs Racing, presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance, six-race card Sunday, Sept. 20 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.
The Delaware Park Safety Committee will review safety protocol following a Tuesday, Aug. 18 paddock accident in which a valet suffered serious injury but was not transported from the track for 32 minutes.
Arabian Queen secured her first group I win in stunning fashion, edging Investec Derby (Eng-I) winner Golden Horn by a neck in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) Wednesday, Aug. 19 at York.
Upset with the level of care after a valet was seriously injured in the paddock at Delaware Park Tuesday, Aug. 18, jockeys took off their mounts, forcing cancellation of the final four races.
The jockey and trainer of Secret Gesture (GB), who was disqualified from first to third in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, both expect the stewards' decision to be appealed.
Filly Academic seized the lead from favorite Blue Dancer in the final turn of the Canadian Derby (Can-III) and drew off to an easy victory against males in the 1 3/8-mile test Saturday, Aug. 15 at Northlands Park.
A late rally into second by Watsdachances helped the daughter of Diamond Green to her first grade I victory when she was placed first in the Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Mizz Money secured the first graded stakes victory of her career Aug. 15 with a narrow upset victory in the $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Arlington International Racecourse turf.
Maryland-based stallion Admiral Alex picked up his first winner Aug. 14 when his first starter Captain Alex scored a clear victory in his debut, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden-claiming race at Laurel Park.
The Virginia Equine Alliance plans to run a day of flat racing Sept. 20 at Great Meadow, while the owners of Colonial Downs continue to float proposals to offer racing through an alternative horsemen's group.
With two straight stakes wins at Emerald Downs, local star Stryker Phd appears poised to defend his title in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Aug. 12 that a grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted another local Thoroughbred horse trainer on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.
In some ways it's appropriate that in the final start of grade I winner Moreno's career, Honor Code rallied from 19 1/2 lengths back to win the Whitney Stakes. read blog
Stakes winner Miss Temple City will try to nail down her first graded score in the $300,000 Maker's Mark Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Friday, Aug. 14 at Saratoga Race Course.
Goldy Espony secured her first North American graded stakes win when she led every step of the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 8 on the Saratoga Race Course turf.
Dream of Me and It's High Time secured victories in divisions of the Florida Sire stakes series for 2-year-olds and 2-year-old fillies Saturday, Aug. 8 at Gulfstream Park.
Takeover Target has showed promise from the start. On Friday, Aug. 7 in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. II) on the Saratoga Race Course turf, the Harlan's Holiday colt delivered.
Joseph Bainton, an attorney who had sought at least $10 million in litigation filed against Zayat, saw that defamation lawsuit dismissed Aug. 5 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.
Classic winner Palace Malice is scheduled to make his first start since May in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes Aug. 9 at Saratoga Race Course.
For the second time in three years, trainer Jack Fisher and jockey Paddy Young teamed to win the A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase at Saratoga Race Course, this time with Choral Society Aug. 6.
Take Charge Brandi will cut back in distance, but not in class, when last year's champion 2-year-old filly starts for the first time since January in the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Frank Angst
If you've ever been fortunate enough to attend the races at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., you know that a trip there has the feel of a mini-vacation. read blog
Perhaps helped a bit by added attention for horse racing following American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, wagering on U.S. races improved 1.41% in July to $903,673,455 when compared with July 2014.
Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise Dan Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track, and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return.
American Pharoah boarded a van Aug. 3 on the Monmouth Park backstretch for his long journey back to Southern California, where his connections will make a decision on where to point the Triple Crown winner next.
American Pharoah's dominating victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) paced Monmouth Park in New Jersey to a record-breaking day.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Mid-Atlantic Region, Northeast Region
American Pharoah looked every bit like his Triple Crown-winning self Aug. 2, winning the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with ease at Monmouth Park.
Starting in a stakes race for the first time in her career, Casual Smile punched through rivals in early stretch and battled to a clear victory in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 2 on the Monmouth turf.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park.
With four horses in a line across the course in the stretch, Red Rifle emerged from the two path and drew off to a clear victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
- By Frank Angst
Dale Romans discusses Keen Ice, Kent Desormeaux, and the Haskell. Watch Video
- By Frank Angst
Bob Baffert's assistant Jimmy Barnes discusses American Pharoah's tail and Friday's tunnel incident. Watch Video
Donegal Racing's classic-placed Keen Ice looked a picture galloping on a sunny summer morning Saturday, Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park as he wrapped up work for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
American Pharoah galloped on a pleasant summer morning Saturday at Monmouth Park, wrapping up preparations for the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.
When the racing spotlight falls on Monmouth Park this weekend, Dennis Drazin, who has helped guide the track in recent years, is confident fans who attend and watch on national television will see a top track.
Other than an anxious moment while walking to the Monmouth Park paddock for a schooling session, American Pharoah quickly settled down as he prepares for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
A recommendation by an attorney for Delaware racing stewards to drop a therapeutic medication overage case against trainer Todd Pletcher could impact the sport's move toward uniform medication rules, Pletcher's attorney said.
Louisiana-based freshman sires Custom for Carlos and Flashy Wise Cat saw their first winners Thursday, July 30 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel.
For his first start since sweeping the Triple Crown, American Pharoah drew post four for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) to be run Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.
Monmouth Park officials said July 30 that they reached out to other tracks to try to create a post-Triple Crown three-race series that would have carried a bonus.
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